Playing Favorites

Is it possible for an iPod to have favorites? Like most people, I tend to leave mine on the shuffle function. Yet without fail, I seem to always hear the following on a daily basis:



  • Neil Diamond – Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show
  • Missing Persons – Words
  • Natalie Merchant/10,000 Maniacs – well, it just plays something every day…not necessarily the same song
  • Johnny Cash – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
  • The Killers – Jenny Was a Friend of Mine

I can understand the frequency of Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs since I ripped all of their CD’s onto my iPod. So, by sheer volume, it’s inevitable they would appear. But I only ripped 3 Killers songs, 1 Missing Persons song and a handful of Neil Diamond songs (stop laughing).


So with nearly 1,100 songs on my iPod – I find it peculiar that I hear certain songs on a daily basis. I suppose it’s a good thing I like those songs.


OH! And the most recent addition to my iPod song library is Music Box Dancer, by Frank Mills? Remember that song? Rich brought over the CD last weekend and I just had to add it to my collection. I loved that little instrumental/orchestrated disco ditty when I was a kid. I suppose it sounds rather cheesy now (actually, I know it sounds cheesy…it’s nearly as bad as Mannheim Steamroller), but I do love it so. I feel like I’m 9 again…pretending to be a radio disk jockey.

9 Comments

  1. Comment by Will on August 30, 2005 11:35 am

    OK, I just got my Neil Diamond giggles under control, Karl–or should I say “Sweet Karloline, good times . . . .” Sorry.

    You don’t have these problems if you’re into opera as I am. Wagner’s “Gotterdammerung” lasts four hours and forty five minutes. Berlioz’s “Les Troyens” about four and a half. We won’t even discuss some of the Russian operas. I’d probably get two of them, tops, on an iPod and there’d be no problem in the shuffle feature at all, just back and forth, back and forth between the two. Give it a chance–it would simplify things. 🙂

  2. Comment by Ronnie on August 30, 2005 11:47 am

    One can never underestimate the power of a great one hit wonder. Case in point: Music Box Dancer. It was cheesy, it was great!!! That’s the wonderful thing about pop music and music period. Once in a while something comes along that sweeps the nation and why does that happen. I guess we won’t ever really know. Though I have my theories (1-being that the Macearana was the dance of the str8 white man and 2-that the Electric Slide was a dance women could do without their Husbands). Think about it!!!!! Both one hit wonder songs. So Karl I am thanking you for the chuckle and for a fond childhood memory that will send me looking through the bargin bins for yet another one hit wonder. So once a year I can throw it on and smile as I bob down the street.

  3. Comment by Doug on August 30, 2005 12:09 pm

    Karl…Admit it…you like Music Box Dancer because as a kid you liked to twirl around in your living room wearing a tutu…LOL

  4. Comment by Brad on August 30, 2005 12:16 pm

    Thinking about Will’s comment. I’m just wondering how many Wagner opera’s one could get on an iPod. Maybe you could really fill it up with the best hits of Meyerbeer as well. 🙂

  5. Comment by David on August 30, 2005 3:22 pm

    Jeez Karl, I don’t even remember that song, and I’m older then you.
    But hey I have an IPOD Question.
    How often do you recharge it.
    I don’t even use mine every day, and lock it in the off position, but it still looses power……..

  6. Comment by JC on August 30, 2005 4:37 pm

    OK 1) That Neil Diamond song rocks. Don’t knock it.
    2) “Music Box Dancer” is a cool little ditty.
    3) My iPod does the same thing. For some reason I always end up hearing Charlene “I’ve Never Been to Me.” Don’t laugh.

  7. Comment by Karl on August 30, 2005 7:22 pm

    Hey, David – I tend to recharge mine every two days – even though it doesn’t run out. I’ve been listening to it at my desk at work so I’d say it gets used between 10-12 hours and still has 1/2 it’s juice left when I re-charge it.

    Jason! Thank you! And I love “I’ve Never Been To Me”. Though, I heard it was about a woman contemplating an abortion!?!?!?!

  8. Comment by matt on August 31, 2005 3:02 am

    iPods are mystical. They often develop an a mind all of their own.

    my iPod was predicting my days for a while. As of late it has been in the mood for me to hear a good deal of The White Stripes and Dean Martin. …and odd combo.

  9. Comment by Sany on September 17, 2005 10:47 am

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